Summertime is the perfect season for adventures, vacations, and spending time in the sun. Once August rolls around, however, it’s time to start getting ready for back-to-school season. Here are a few simple tips to get you and your children ready for the new school year.
One of the first things you should do to get everyone back in the habit of waking up early and heading off to school is to set a routine that your entire family can follow. Speak with your children about the amount of time they must spend each day doing homework. You should also consider setting some free time where your child can do the things that they enjoy.
In the few weeks before the school year begins, try to re-establish your child’s study routine, which begins by encouraging your child to wake up and go to bed at the exact same time each day. Practicing a set routine before the school year starts should help get everyone on the same page.
Whether you have kids or not, it’s a great time of year to clear out the clutter and get organized. Once the school year begins, things can get hectic quickly. Homework, sports, and extracurriculars can take over the calendar, leaving you little time to do other important tasks. While the summer season is still here, consider taking some time to clean, declutter, and invest in organizational supplies like storage bins, extra shelving, coat hooks, whiteboards, etc. Getting your home and yourself organized now will pay dividends throughout the school year.
Take Advantage of Sales
Many retail stores hold back to school sales that last throughout most of August, which means great deals on everything from school and office supplies to clothes and home goods. This is the perfect opportunity to buy books, school supplies, backpacks, and everything your kid needs for the new year. This is also a great time to update your child’s wardrobe. Bring your child with you when you shop to help them get excited about heading back to school.
Even if you don’t have kids, you can take advantage of these fall sales to refresh your own wardrobe and home spaces and put yourself in the right headspace for the new season.
Keep Your Child’s Mental Activity High
While most children will invariably want to spend most of the warm summer months having fun and spending time with friends, the lengthy duration of the summer can make it difficult for children to readjust to the school learning environment. It’s even possible for children to forget a considerable amount of what they learned during the school year.
If you want to make sure that your children are properly prepared for the school season, try to spend 10-15 minutes playing educational games with your child. These games can easily be played at home or while you’re on vacation.
The back-to-school season is the perfect time of year to make changes to your routine and your home. If you’ve been thinking of moving to a new place, it’s a great time of year to buy or sell a home and give yourself an opportunity to get settled before the start of the new school year.